The Batman (film)

2022 film directed by Matt Reeves

The Batman is a 2022 American superhero film based on the comic book character created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger. It is a reboot of the Batman film franchise. Set in his second year of fighting crime, the film sees Batman uncover corruption in Gotham City while pursuing the Riddler, a serial killer who targets Gotham's elite.

Directed by Matt Reeves. Written by Matt Reeves and Peter Craig.
Unmask the truth.Taglines

Bruce Wayne / BatmanEdit

  • Thursday, October 31st. The city streets are crowded for the holiday. Even with the rain. Hidden in the chaos is the element, waiting to strike like snakes. But I'm there too. Watching. Two years of nights have turned me into a nocturnal animal. I must choose my targets carefully. It's a big city. I can't be everywhere. But they don't know where I am. We have a signal now, for when I'm needed. But when that light hits the sky, it's not just a call. It's a warning. To them. Fear is a tool. They think I am hiding in the shadows. But I am the shadows.
  • I'm vengeance.
  • How am I a part of this?
  • This whole city is a powder keg, and Riddler's the match.
  • What have you done?!
  • I don't care what happens to me.
  • Justice. The answer is justice.
  • All these years, you lied to me, Alfred.
  • You got a lot of cats.
  • Selina, don't throw your life away.
  • Maybe this is all coming to an end.
  • Our scars can destroy us, even after the physical wounds have healed. But if we survive them, they can transform us. They can give us the power to endure, and the strength to fight.

Selina Kyle / CatwomanEdit

  • Riddler's latest, it's all about the Waynes.
  • It's only gonna get worse for you. It will be bloody.
  • Maybe we're not so different.
  • Come on, vengeance. Let's get into some trouble.
  • Who are you under there? What are you hiding?
  • If we don't stand up, no one will.
  • I have a thing about strays.
  • Don't worry, honey. I got nine of 'em.

Edward Nashton / The RiddlerEdit

  • Hello, people of Gotham. This is the Riddler speaking. On Halloween night, I killed you mayor because he was not who he pretended to be. But I am not done. [shows Pete Savage in a rat trap around his body with rats eating him] Here is another who will soon be loosing face. I will kill again, and again, and again, until our day of judgment when the truth about our city will finally be unmasked. Goodbye!
  • You came.
  • I've been trying to reach you.
  • I'm just here to unmask the truth about this cesspool we call a city.
  • You're a part of this, too.
  • The Waynes and the Arkhams, Gotham's founding families, but what is their real legacy? Twenty years ago, one reporter set out to uncover the dark truth. He found shocking family secrets. How, when Martha was just a child, her mother brutally murdered her father, then committed suicide and how the Arkhams used their power and money to cover it up. How Martha herself was in and out of institutions for years and they didn't want anyone to know. Thomas Wayne tried to force this crusading reporter into a hush-money agreement to save his mayoral campaign. But when the reporter refused, Wayne turned to longtime secret associate Carmine Falcone and had him murdered! The Waynes and the Arkhams, Gotham's legacy of lies and murder! I hope you're listening, Bruce Wayne. This is your legacy too, and Gotham needs you to answer for the sins of your father. Goodbye.
  • Oh, you're really not as smart as I thought you were.
  • If you are justice, please do not lie. What is the price for your blind eye?
  • What's black and blue and dead all over? You.
  • It can be cruel, poetic, or blind. But when it's denied, it's your violence you may find.

Oswald Cobblepot / The PenguinEdit

  • Whoa! This guy's crazy!
  • Whoa! Take it easy, sweetheart!
  • You're everything they say, ain't ya?
  • [laughing uproariously] I got you! I got you! Take that, you friggin' psycho! I got you, ha ha ha ha ha!
  • Hey, vengeance!

Alfred PennyworthEdit

  • You're becoming quite a celebrity.
  • Why is he writing to you?
  • If this continues, it won't be long before you have nothing left.
  • The killer left this for the Batman.
  • We all had our scars, Bruce. You're still a Wayne.


[Batman visits The Riddler in his holding cell in Arkham to interrogate him. The Riddler holds up his empty, cuffed hands in front of him]
The Riddler: I told you I'd see you in hell.
Batman: What do you want from me?
The Riddler: Want? If only you knew how long I've been waiting for this day. For this moment. I've been invisible my whole life. I guess I won't be anymore, will I? They'll remember me now. They'll remember both of us.
[Batman says nothing. The Riddler pauses.]
The Riddler: ...Bruce... Wayne... Bruuuuuuuce.... Waaaaayne... You know, I was there that day. The day the great Thomas Wayne announced he was running for mayor, made all those promises. Well, a week later, he was dead and everyone just forgot about us. All they could talk about was poor Bruce Wayne. Bruce Wayne, the orphan. Orphan... [The Riddler looks down and shakes his head] Living in some tower over the park isn't being an orphan. Looking down on everyone with all that money. Don't you tell me. Do you know what being an orphan is? It's thirty kids to a room. Twelve years old, already a drophead, numbing the pain. You wake up screaming with rats chewing your fingers, and every winter one of the babies die because it's so cold. But, oh no. Let's talk about the billionaire with the lying dead daddy because at least the money makes it go down easy, doesn't it? Bruce... Wayne...
[Batman continues to look away and not respond]
The Riddler: He's the only one we didn't get.
[Batman looks towards The Riddler and starts walking towards the cell window]
The Riddler: But we got the rest of 'em, didn't we? All those slick, sleazy phony pricks. God, look at you. Your mask is amazing. I wish you could've seen me in mine. Ain't it funny? All everyone wants to do is unmask you, but they're missing the point. You and I both know I'm looking at the real you right now. My mask allowed me to be myself completely. No shame, no limits.
Batman: Why did you write me?
The Riddler: What do you mean?
Batman: All those cards.
The Riddler: I told you. We've been doing this together, you're a part of this.
Batman: We didn't do anything together.
The Riddler: We did. What did we just do? I asked you to bring him into the light, and you did. We're such a good team.
Batman: We're not a "team."
The Riddler: I never could have gotten him out of there. I'm not physical, my strength is [gestures to head] up here, I mean, I had all the pieces, I had the answers but I didn't know how to make them listen. You gave me that.
Batman: I gave you nothing.
The Riddler: You showed me what was possible! You showed me all it takes is fear and a little focused violence. You inspired me.
Batman: You're out of your goddamned mind.
The Riddler: ... What?
Batman: This is all in your head. You're sick, twisted.
The Riddler: How can you say that?
Batman: You think you'll be remembered? You're a pathetic psychopath, begging for attention.
The Riddler: No!
Batman: You're gonna die alone in Arkham. A nobody!
The Riddler: No, no, NO, NO, NOOOOOOOOOO! NOOOOOOO! AAAAAAAAAAAH, THIS IS NOT HOW THIS WAS SUPPOSED TO GO! IIIIIIIIIIIIIII HAD IT ALL PLANNED OUT! We were gonna be safe here! We could watch the whole thing together.
Batman: Watch what?
The Riddler: Everything!
[Batman stares. The Riddler pauses.]
The Riddler: ... It was all there. You mean you didn't figure it out? Oh, you're really not as smart as I thought you were. I guess I gave you too much credit.
Batman: What have you done?
The Riddler: What's black, and blue, and dead all over? You... If you think you can stop what's coming.
Batman: [leans onto the cell window] What have you done?
The Riddler: [singing falsetto] Ave maria...
Batman: [pounds on the glass] WHAT HAVE YOU DONE?!
The Riddler: Gratia plena...
Batman: [pounds on the glass again] WHAT HAVE YOU DONE?!
[The Riddler continues singing, and Batman pounds on the glass and shouts in desperate frustration]

[Inside Arkham, Riddler is distraught that Batman has foiled his plans. Someone in a nearby cell speaks to him]
Unseen Arkham Prisoner: Isn't that just terrible? Them raining on your parade like that? What is it they say? One day you're on top, the next you're a clown. Well, let me tell you, there are worse things to be.
The Riddler: Who are you?
Unseen Arkham Prisoner: Well, that's the question, isn't it? Riddle me this - the less of them you have, the more one is worth.
The Riddler: ...A friend.
[The two criminals begin laughing maniacally].


  • Unmask the truth.
  • You are a part of this too. Find out why.


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  Creators     Bob Kane · Bill Finger  
  Characters     Anarky · Batgirl · Barbara Gordon · Dick Grayson · The Joker  
  Live‑action television     Batman · Legends of the Superheroes · Birds of Prey · Return to the Batcave: The Misadventures of Adam and Burt · Gotham  
  serials and films  
  Batman (1943) · Batman and Robin · Batman (1966) · The Batman (2022)  
  1989 film series     Batman (1989) · Batman Returns · Batman Forever · Batman & Robin  
  The Dark Knight Trilogy     Batman Begins · The Dark Knight · The Dark Knight Rises  
  DC Extended Universe     Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice  
  Animated television     The Adventures of Batman · The Batman/Superman Hour · The Batman/Tarzan Adventure Hour · The New Adventures of Batman · Batman: The Animated Series · The  
  New Batman Adventures
· Batman Beyond · The Batman · Batman: The Brave and the Bold · Beware the Batman  
  Animated films     Featuring Batman     Mask of the Phantasm · SubZero · Return of the Joker · Mystery of the Batwoman · The Batman vs. Dracula · Under the Red Hood · Year One ·  
  The Dark Knight Returns · DC Super Heroes Unite · Son of Batman · Assault on Arkham · Batman vs. Robin · Batman: Bad Blood · The Killing Joke · Gotham by Gaslight · Death in the Family  
  With other heroes     Justice League: The New Frontier · Superman/Batman: Public Enemies · Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths · Superman/Batman:
· Justice League: Doom · Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox · JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time · Justice League: War · The
  Lego Movie
· Justice League: Throne of Atlantis · Batman Unlimited: Animal Instincts · Justice League: Gods and Monsters · Batman Unlimited: Monster Mayhem  
  Animated shorts     Batman (1940s cartoons) · Chase Me · Gotham Knight